About Korf Lab



Ravi Dandekar

Junior Specialist


From an early age, I have been fascinated by the functionality of the human brain. My interest in both neurodevelopment and learning disability grew to new heights when I worked for two summers at the Sneha Children's Home, located in a small town in southern India. My experience working with underprivileged children with learning disabilities made me aware of neurodevelopmental disorders. The resilience of their human spirit and zeal for learning was a great source of inspiration to me. It also motivated me to expand my knowledge of neuroscience in order to understand the cause of learning disability.

As an undergraduate at UC Davis, I expanded the breadth of my knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders by interning for three years at the UC Davis MIND Institute. I joined the research team of Dr. Randi Hagerman, an expert in fragile X syndrome. After interning for a year in the clinic, I developed a strong interest to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and fragile X syndrome. Therefore, I continued the rest of my research internship in the laboratory of Dr. Flora Tassone at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Working in the Korf Lab, as a junior specialist, has greatly expanded my computational skills. The months I have spent writing scripts and working through the computer terminal has fueled my passion for bioinformatics, and its application in genomic data analysis. It is my desire to use my integrated abilities as a neuroscientist and a bioinformatician to continue investigating neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and fragile X syndrome, in order to develop improved diagnostics and treatment.

Research interests

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Bioinformatics
  • Epigenetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Stem cells
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Korf Lab in the news

Jun 26, 2015: Keith Bradnam is interviewed by Frontline Genomics Magazine about his life in Bioinformatics.

Apr 8, 2015: Ian Korf is quoted in a Nature commentary article about Bioinformatics Service cores and the need for beter career paths for bioinformaticians.

Mar 16, 2015: Danielle Lemay is interviewed by the UC Davis News team about the new publication by herself, Kristen Beck (lead author), Ian Korf and others that describes new milk proteomes for human and macaque.

Apr 22, 2013: The Assemblathon 2 paper has won the 2013 BioMed Central Open Data award

Dec 10, 2013: A short piece in the UC Davis Alumni Magazine that discusses the new Genomics undergraduate major that Ian Korf co-developed.

Nov 26, 2013: Ian Korf writes a News & Views piece for Nature Methods about two new comparisons of programs that work with RNA-seq data

Nov 1, 2013: Keith B. and Kristen are both featured in a piece on Inquiring Minds as part of the new One UC Davis campaign.

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